Feedback Needed for FTC @ ARLIS/NA in Seattle 2016

This year’s ARLIS/NA conference in Fort Worth was great, but there were no sessions or tours related to fashion, costume and textile topics. Want that to be different in Seattle in 2016? Let the conference planning committee know! Take a few minutes to fill out the post conference survey found here: It has two parts, Part A on Fort Worth, Part B on Seattle – if you couldn’t make it to the conference this year you can just do Part B. The last day to complete the survey will be Sunday, April 26, 2015.

Also, feel free to share your suggestions in comments on this post, so we can have some dialogue on what you hope to see/learn in Seattle next year!

Query: Influence of India’s fashion on 1970’s American clothing

I have been trying to help a student find some peer review articles on the topic of the influence of India (not native Americans) on fashions of the 1970’s.  We have a discovery layer in EBSCO, and I’ve been searching with this student for quite a while and finding nothing.  This seems incredible to me… we can find a few things in Berg and GVRL, but the assignment requires 3 peer review articles. The influences seem so obvious, I keep thinking I must be missing things, or EBSCO is wonky today.  Any help would be appreciated.

Sherri Saines

Ohio University Libraries

Contacts in Berlin for Art Center College of Design Instructor, Students?

Greetings everyone,

Our colleague, Justine Parish (you’ll remember her from the marvelous ARLIS/NA 2013 Conference Tour of L.A.’s Fashion District) has the following request:


Hi , I am taking a class of students to Berlin this summer – all of June & July. “Berlin Head to Toe” is the name of the course.  It is a combination of Product Design, Graphic, Illustration and Interaction Design students from Art Center College of Design.  We will be working through a studio space in the Bikini building, near the zoo.   Do you have any contacts in Berlin we could make use of for project research?   thanks Justine Parish 626-673-9842


If you have any suggestions or contacts, kindly respond to Justine directly.

Sandra Ley, Pima Community College Librarian


Introducing Carla-Mae Crookendale, the new FTC SIG Moderator

Allow me to introduce the new FTC SIG Moderator for 2015-2016, Carla-Mae Crookendale, Visual Arts Research Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University!

Carla-Mae provided exceptional support to the SIG as Vice-Moderator for 2014-2015, so I’m particularly enthusiastic that she’s assumed the position of Moderator for this year.

She’s provided us with a bio so we can get to know her a bit better…


Carla-Mae Crookendale – BIO INTRO

I’ve always loved fashion. As a child, I made outfits for my dolls, and as a teenager I made outfits for myself (still do when I can find the time :). My grandmother was a seamstress and my grandfather a tailor, so I guess you could say it’s in the blood! Planning a life as a designer, I got my BFA in Metals & Jewelry and an MFA in Fashion from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). After college I worked as a jewelry and stained glass artist, taught jewelry design at SCAD, and taught costume design and managed the costume shop for the theatre program at Belhaven College.

I enjoyed my creative career, but was looking for a bit more stability, so I went back to school to become a librarian. I was already a library nerd, I was drawn to the history and research aspects of fashion, and I wanted to do something that could incorporate my art background. Also, my mother was a librarian, so I guess you could say it‘s also in the blood! My first ARLIS conference in Boston while I was working on my MLIS confirmed that it was the right decision – art librarians were my people. I was a Reference Librarian at SCAD’s Jen Library in Savannah before moving to Richmond this past fall. I am now the Visual Arts Research Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University. Over the course of the next year, I look forward to sharing what I learn about fashion on my campus and in my community with the FTC SIG, and to hearing from all of you as well!


Thank you for your service to the SIG, Carla-Mae!

Sandra Ley, PCC Librarian & FTC SIG Founder

WWW or DB Sources for Fashion Statistics?

Hi FTC’ers!

My institution is using EMSI Database to generate statistics for the following fields:

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes for Fashion Design

13-1022               Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products

27-1022               Fashion Designers

27-1029               Designers, All Others

39-3092               Costume attendants

51-6031               Sewing Machine Operators

51-6052               Tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers

51-6092               Fabric and apparel patternmakers

51-6099               Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers, all other

Can you share other fashion statistics resources you find helpful?  Thank you!